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Upper School Corner - Mrs. Chaya Leah Sufrin

Museum of Tolerance

On Thursday, November 12, the 9-12 grade students went on a trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. This museum visit was arranged in conjunction with our year-long study of the Holocaust. The students were led on a tour of the museum and were able to visit  the Tolerance section, as well as the Holocaust section. The tour guide, provided by the Museum, commented on how well spoken our students were and how much information they already knew.

In the Tolerance section, the girls experienced firsthand what discrimination and prejudice feels like. They were shown many examples of hate speech and hate crimes, and how quickly bad things can escalate when not dealt with properly. The students learned about… Read More »

Upper School Corner - Mrs. Raychel Lydon

UCLA Presentation Reflection

Over the past two years, the Hebrew Academy Middle School has been building a program focused on Project-Based Learning in order to prepare our scholars for the competitive, team-based world of college and career that they will face as young people in the twenty-first century. As a part of this dynamic learning experience, last year the 6th grade Arts and Humanities House created an Egyptian Museum as the second of their three PBL projects.

Earlier this month, this project was honored as part of The California History and Social Studies Project’s 25th annual conference, Teaching the Past for Tomorrow at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a presentation led by Mrs. Raychel Lydon and… Read More »

Upper School Corner - Mrs. McKenna Harkins

Earth Science Blog Post: Minerals

As the middle school Earth Science classes have metaphorically dug into Earth Science this quarter, students have been literally digging into their content. Throughout the last two weeks, students have been studying the rocks and minerals present on Earth’s surface.

After students learned about the various qualities that determine whether an object is a mineral, students had to put their knowledge to the test. Faced with minerals of unknown identity, students had to integrate their conceptual knowledge, problem-solving skills, and laboratory experience to test various properties of the objects. As they circulated the classroom, students visited various stations where they tested the minerals and… Read More »

Upper School Corner - Coach Zoltan

The PE department is off to a great start this school year. Your students are learning how to live a healthy lifestyle through practicing the fundamentals of sports and hard work. During PE we warm up, practice a skill such as dribbling, then play a sport. So far this year we have played basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and fun games such as capture the flag and dodge ball.

Currently, we are in the middle of starting an afterschool basketball program; several of the middle school students have shown an interest and are participating regularly. The goal of the basketball program is for Hebrew Academy students eventually to play against other schools in games and compete with other students. We have… Read More »

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